Submit an Article
IndyKids welcomes the following submissions from kids and adults:
Articles should read like news articles you would see in any major newspaper. They should focus on reporting on issues, events and facts.
News articles should be about a timely issue and quote one or two people to make the issue more real to the reader. IndyKids particularly welcomes articles with perspectives and subjects not often seen in the mainstream media.
- News articles on current events (200-250 words)
- News or science brief (50-75 words)
- Letters to the editor (from kids)
- Bilingual essays (First person essays in a language other than English on any topic. We will print this with an English translation) (100-250 words)
- Book and movie reviews (200-250 words)
- Features on kid activism (200-250 words)
- Child profiles from around the world
- Kids’ opinions on a particular issue of importance to them (One-sentence quotes from 4 to 7 kids, with individual or a group picture. Please contact IndyKids and we may be able to visit your classroom to interview students on a topic of their interest.)
- Activity, craft project or recipe
- Puzzles or games
- Graphics, illustrations and photographs
*IndyKids does not publish fiction.
IndyKids‘ deadlines are:
- August 10
- October 10
- December 10
- February 10
- April 10
How to contribute to IndyKids:
Submissions may be sent to email@example.com at any time. Make sure to include your name, age, email address, phone number and mailing address. You may also submit an idea for a story and a sentence on what the story would be about.
If you want, think about a picture or graphic to accompany your article. You can find something yourself or suggest something that our artists and designers can create.
Additional Submissions Information:
IndyKids Audience: Articles, essays, and letters should be aimed at kids ages 9 to 12 (or grades 4 to 7). Avoid using complicated words and long sentences. If you have to use a big word, define it.
Our Editing Process: We believe that revision is important for all writers. When we receive your article, essay, or letter, we will read it carefully and we may contact you with suggestions for revisions before we publish the article. We are committed to working with you to realize your best work!
Publication Process: We may ask you to revise your article to match IndyKids formats before publication. If you live in New York City, we encourage you to attend our editorial meetings. If you live outside of New York City, our editorial board will contact you with a confirmation email and give you an estimate for when your article will appear in the newspaper.
For information about submitting a Letter to the Editor click here.
For instructions/sample outline of a news article click here.
For a instructions/sample outline of a news brief click here.